Amelia Martin – Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Amelia serves as Outreach and Communications Coordinator and has been with FTCLDF since 2012. She crafts subscriber emails, posts articles on the website, and coordinates exhibits nationwide. At West Virginia University, she earned her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in French and an English master’s degree in Professional Writing & Editing. She loves having a role in the food freedom movement working with FTCLDF. Amelia is also an aspiring small farmer and co-runs a small buyers club. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, volunteering on local farms, hiking with her fiancé, fermenting dairy and vegetables, and reading about traditional food and farming.
Marti is from Kansas and works in the areas of accounting, member services and administrative support. She enjoys traveling, sewing, knitting and cooking from scratch with locally grown foods. She also grows a few vegetables at home. Her biggest joy is doing activities with her grandchildren and other young ones in the family sharing how to cook, grow and tend living things, and to be honorable and courageous individuals.
Paula Sims – Member Services & Administrative Support
Paula Sims became a farmer in 2008 when her husband Eric wanted to return to full-time farming. They purchased 80 acres, Dexter cows, and a variety of heirloom chickens. Everything Paula did on the farm, she was learning for the first time. Since then, they’ve added Large Black & Tamworth pigs, stocked the farm pond, planted fruit trees, and planted a large garden. Morning Harvest Farm operates as naturally as possible without synthetics or a vet and retails directly to consumers with a few wholesale accounts. The farm focuses on multi-species grazing with heritage livestock breeds, non-GMO feed supplements and heirloom produce varieties. Her favorite farm chore is ear-tagging a newborn calf in the field while mama grazes nearby. Three bits of wisdom she likes to share with new or wanna-be farmers: 1) YouTube has a video for everything; 2) You’ll never know how to mend a fence until you throw a cow/pig out there; and 3) Quit studying. Start farming. You’ll learn more after you start doing. Her favorite quote: “You will always be rewarded for being out of sync with the masses.” -Julius Ruechel in Grass-Fed Cattle